Protecting Two Lives: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination During Pregnancy

1. Pregnancy and COVID-19 Risk:
Being pregnant can make COVID-19 worse. A study from 2021 to 2022 found that if a pregnant person gets COVID-19, they are more likely to get really sick or even die. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can help protect pregnant people from getting very sick or dying. If a pregnant person doesn’t get vaccinated, they have a higher chance of getting very sick or dying.

2. COVID-19 and Babies:
If a mom has COVID-19 while pregnant, it can be bad for the baby. A study from 2020 found that pregnant people with COVID-19 are more likely to have a baby that doesn’t survive (stillbirth). Also, their babies have a higher chance of needing special care in the neonatal intensive care unit. During the Omicron period, more babies born to moms with COVID-19 didn’t survive.

3. Safe Vaccination During Pregnancy:                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s safe for pregnant people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting the vaccine doesn’t make it more likely for them to lose the baby, have a baby with birth defects, or have the baby too early.

4. Vaccine Protects Babies from Hospital:
The COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can keep babies from going to the hospital because of COVID-19. It works well, especially when there are more COVID-19 cases (Delta wave), but it’s not as effective during the Omicron wave.

5. Recommended Vaccines for Pregnant People:
If you’re pregnant or planning to have a baby, it’s a good idea to get one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines that are approved in Canada. Even if you’re breastfeeding, it’s still safe to get the vaccine.

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